What should I expect?
Euthanasia of a pet at home by a mobile veterinarian involves two steps. First a sedative injection is given and the patient is allowed to peacefully “fall asleep”. Once fully unconscious, a second injection, an overdose of an anesthetic, is given (usually intravenously). As brain activity ceases, respiration frequently increases and deepens for a few seconds. Within 30 seconds of the second injection, respiration stops. The heart rate then slows and stops within the next 1 to 3 minutes.
What about the body?
You have a number of options. Home burial is an option for some. Many choose to have cremation done. This can be done with or without return of the ashes. Dr. Glaeser can take the body with him and take care of these arrangements. Please have a towel, sheet or blanket that Dr. Glaeser can keep to wrap your pet in. Small pets will be transported in the passenger seat and large pets on a stretcher in the rear seat of the vehicle.
More Questions about Mobile veterinarian?
If you have questions, or if you like to discuss your specific situation with Dr. Glaeser, please see the Contact Page. You may consult with Dr. Glaeser at no charge.